32FT FISHING VESSEL RESCUED.
The arrival of the Summer weather has sparked off the usual spate of callouts for the volunteers of Scotland's busiest RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. RNLI Kinghorn lifeboat had a record 57 rescue missions last year, and look likely to achieve that figure again this year.
The 22nd launch of the year for the lifeboat, happened around 11.30am, today, (22/06/06) after the Coastguard received a mayday from the 32ft fishing vessel "Margaret Jane", which was half a mile west of Inchkeith Island and had suffered an engine failure.
In a strong south westerly wind, blowing up the sea into a moderate to rough swell, the RNLI lifeboat was launched and arrived on scene within 10 minutes to help the stricken vessel . The volunteer crew of Helmsmen Paul Wibberly and Mike McErlane along with trainee crew member Mark Brown, quickly assessed the situation and brought the vessel under tow.
Helmsman Mike McErlane said, "Our pagers were activated by the Coastguard around 11.30am and by 1140am we were drawing alongside the drifting boat, which had two elderly occupants in their 70's on board. The sea had quite a big swell, especially in the middle of the Forth, as the waves were being built by the strong south westerly winds. When their engine had failed, rather than try to sort it, the crew sensibly, given the conditions, decided to notify the coastguard as their boat was drifting and being blown towards Inchkeith Island and the surrounding rocks by the strong wind. On arrival we set up a tow line and towed the vessel back into its home port at Dysart."
Kinghorn Lifeboat will be holding its annual Open Day on Saturday 15th July, 1230 - 4pm, where you will get a chance to see the RNLI lifeboat close up and also in action, along with lots of fun and games and chances to win some stunning prizes.
1. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity that provides a lifesaving service sea (up to 100 nautical miles) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2. As a charity the RNLI relies on public donations to help train and equip its volunteer lifeboat crews helping them to continue to save lives at sea, safely and effectively.
3. Without the commitment and dedication of volunteers the RNLI's role of saving lives at sea would be impossible.
4. RNLI website - www.rnli.org.uk